It's Frightening

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  • Summary: The second album for the band was produced by Spoon's Britt Daniel.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
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  1. At 10 songs and 35 minutes, there’s no filler, not even on the obligatory final comedown 'Leave It At The Door,' which is all fluttery woodwinds and exhaustion.
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    This makes for an important sophomore release that is even more sweepingly seductive than "Fort Nightly." [Spring 2009, p.92]
  3. Daniel justly brings the band’s best attributes to the foreground and It’s Frightening ends up being a tight and concise album.
  4. The only instruments that aren't slaves to the beat are Gregory Roberts and Stephen Patterson's vocals, which mingle into perfectly messy harmonies.
  5. Always on the verge, but never quite becoming too polished, It’s Frightening is an exciting step forward from a group that would appear to have a masterpiece to deliver somewhere down the line.
  6. It’s Frightening is far from a bloodless copy of a more vivid being; it is, rather, a living, breathing creation, one that is only dubiously theirs.
  7. More often than not, It's Frightening is caught on middling ground, at once striving to be unpretentious while still hoping to challenge listeners' expectations. The album accomplishes neither, however, as the band's aversion to let sound fall where it may produces little beyond impressions of gloppy heavy-handedness and obtuse haze.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Mar 9, 2012
    10
    Alongside with The Heavy's House that Dirt Built, and Mariachi El Bronx I, this was of the 3 best albums of 2009. A fantastic record thatAlongside with The Heavy's House that Dirt Built, and Mariachi El Bronx I, this was of the 3 best albums of 2009. A fantastic record that I've listened to over and over, many times. Expand
  2. NicholasS
    May 23, 2009
    9
    Ever since discovering this band's near perfect debut, "Fort Nightly", I couldn't wait for them to finish their much-talked about Ever since discovering this band's near perfect debut, "Fort Nightly", I couldn't wait for them to finish their much-talked about second record, "It's Frightening". Although the record is not perfect, they have focused in on their craft and have found their sound this time. The record is a breath of fresh air in a world where critics are on the edge of the seat waiting for the next Green Day record. Expand
  3. DanF.
    May 20, 2009
    8
    It's missing some of the spunk of "Fort Nightly" (which was a 9 for me), but it is nonetheless a great album. "Midnight And I" is my It's missing some of the spunk of "Fort Nightly" (which was a 9 for me), but it is nonetheless a great album. "Midnight And I" is my favourite track. Expand